Frederick Law Olmsted and the Massachusetts Legacy
Wednesday November 15, 2017
We are pleased to welcome Supervisory Park Ranger Alan S. Banks from the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historical Site to speak about Olmsted's landscape architecture projects in Massachusetts, and in Chicago at the 1893 World's Fair, as featured in Erik Larson's book Devil in the White City. The firm Frederick Law Olmsted founded over a century ago was involved in over 1,200 landscape architecture projects throughout Massachusetts, ranging from expansive 500-acre public parks to intimate private gardens. One of its greatest achievements is a six-mile "emerald necklace" of ponds, parks, and parkways that winds its way through Boston. This one-hour illustrated lecture will sample this rich landscape legacy and explore the ideas that shaped some of the most treasured places in Massachusetts. Biographical Note Alan S. Banks oversees the historical interpretation of Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Massachusetts. During the last 25 years he has researched and developed a variety of landscape walking tours, lectures and presentations on the Olmsteds and their work across the country. In 2013, he was an invited speaker at the Appalachian Institute at Biltmore Estate in North Carolina and later that year he traveled to Milwaukee to speak on Olmsted-designed, Lake Park. Last year he was the keynote speaker at the regional meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects in Atlanta.
Registration is not required for this program; 75 adults and teens (age sixteen and older please) will be accomodated at this event.
Location: Copeland Room
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